His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew responds to the destruction of the Greek hospital in Balıklı – Ecumenical Patriarchate

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Responds to Destruction at Balıklı Greek Hospital

Istanbul—His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch today issued the following statement regarding the devastating fire at the nursing home building, which is part of the Baloukli Charitable Foundation:

Our Omogeneia received a terrible blow today. One of its most important charitable institutions, where our elderly brothers find care and comfort, has been badly damaged by a catastrophic fire. We glorify God that there were no fatalities, and we thank the state and local government authorities and the fire department, the nursing home staff and the adjacent hospital, and all those who volunteered to help in the rescue of food and in the fight to put out the fire.

Buildings, facilities and material things can be restored.

I feel deep pain for what happened, but we will get through this. Once again, we thank from the bottom of our hearts all those who have helped in this difficult period, and all those who have declared themselves ready to support us in repairing the damage. We are moved by their concern, and especially by their contribution in any way to respond to this critical situation.

We thank them for being by our side.

Lillian L. Pena